- Paperback: 168 pages
- Publisher: Kodansha America, Inc (15 July 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1568365217
- ISBN-13: 978-1568365213
- Product Dimensions: 19 x 1.5 x 13.2 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 61,446 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Writing and Enjoying Haiku: a Hands-On Guide Paperback – 15 Jul 2013
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"... ideas of great depth within its apparent simplicity.... Recommended for junior and senior high school students, advanced students, and adults." --Jeffrey Cooper, KLIATT
From the Publisher
[from the book]
Foreword: Toward Enjoyment
Though the word "enjoying" is the third word in the title of this book, for me enjoying anything and everything is the primary function of our lives. True, the function of this book is to teach you how to write haiku, but I want you to first learn to touch a point of pleasure within yourself with haiku.
To do this, you will need to open the arms of your mind to take in some haiku already snapped up out of the air and written down.
Because the haiku in the following selection are all connected to one subject, with a wide variety of techniques and levels of complication, you can explore them with a gentle touch of your eyes as if looking over a branch to choose which flowers you might pick. You do not have to like or understand all of them, but just take up each one and examine it carefully.
Read them not only to see what has been thought, and to delight in this sharing, but allow the words to move across any similar memory or past idea you may have had. In this way the haiku pick up your patterns as iron filings arrange themselves on a magnet to be changed in a once-in-a-lifetime relationship.
Even as you do this, it is possible the writer in you will begin itching to change a word here and there. Something small and loud and very close to you will want to put the words in a different way than I have, or even to write a line on a totally dissimilar subject. Listen to these urges and begin here, beside my words, to write your own versions of the poems in the wide spaces on the page (assuming you have not borrowed this book from the local library).
Toss out the memory of the teacher who told you never to mark in your books and tell your inner critic, who might be insisting you know nothing about haiku, just to back off and be quiet. Think only that you have decided to enjoy seeing where these haiku lead you, and to explore what they find within you.
I want this book to be your book -- with sentences underlined, comments written in the margins, your poems on the flyleaves, and your first thoughts beside these haiku in the introduction.
Go slowly. Take each haiku separately; read and reread until you have completely thought through it, around it, and beyond it. Write down whatever thoughts come to your mind before moving on to the next haiku, even if you need to get a separate pad of paper. Tape the pages of your words among my words. Do the altered book art-thing. Make these pages a symbiotic work between the two of us.
Let go of any preconceived ideas and simply do whatever brings you the most enjoyment. This is your life, the book you are writing.
stretched to the horizon
when naked and alone
floating in their centers
in a rain shower
buds of tightly rolled
around a waiting bird
after the hailstorm
between crashing waves
the briefness of foam
in the sea the pull of
drawing together lovers
a silver cord
a blossom's dance
the urges deep within
Later, when you have read the rest of this book, do come back here to see yourself as you were in the beginning. I think you'll be surprised how much you already knew, and also how much richer your writing life has become, due to this hands-on guide.
Jane Reichhold --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Her book is truly a Hands on guide! I cannot recommend it highly enough!
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Engrossing and informing. Also inspires you to pick up a pen and start writing.Published 2 months ago by chris